MSc Urban agriculture & Green cities

« The urban environment is composed of a series of interlinked cultural systems: architectural concerns (integrating new buildings) are closely entwined with environmental, agronomic, health, energy, social and economic concerns. This has an impact on all stages of projects, from design to execution and management.

The MSc Urban Agriculture and Green Cities is designed to train up future managers who see urban agriculture as an integral component of the entire urban life cycle. This cross-disciplinary program touches on several disciplines, including agronomy, architecture, planning and geography. As well as incorporating economic, political and social aspects, it prepares students for decision-making in a complex environment where the future may be uncertain.

The program aims to provide future managers with training in professions involving urban innovation strategies and sustainable environmental development, while incorporating and applying innovative horticultural solutions to the built environment.

The MSc anticipates future needs, giving engineers/project leaders, consultants and analysts the hybrid skills they need for a successful career in the public or private sector. »

Dr. Marie Asma Ben Othmen
Head of the MSc Urban Agriculture and Green Cities

Presentation

Objectives

  • Acquire the technical skills needed to integrate multifunctional and innovative projects around plants into urban development plans and construction standards;   
  • Acquire and/or deepen the skills to manage multidisciplinary teams, including planning, leadership, coordination, teamwork, organizational skills...;   
  • To be able to develop a very broad vision of the problems inherent in urban agriculture and plant projects in the city at all stages of the project, both in the diagnosis and in the development of proposals by associating an analytical as well as a synthetic mind;   
  • Be able to understand and master the systemic approach of the city by going beyond sectoral approaches (water, sanitation, energy...).

Key Information

Venue: Rouen campus

  • Length of the programme: 18 months (550 hours of training corresponding to 90 ECTS validation)
  • Languages: English
  • Program type : Conventional program, Continuing education
  • Bachelor's or first-year Master's required
  • Tuition fees: see here

The training program

The first two semesters (from September to June) are devoted to the acquisition of fundamental knowledge essential to the thinking and work of the planner specializing in urban agriculture.

The third semester is devoted to a compulsory 6-month internship in a company or a research center, and to the writing of a dissertation - thesis - essential for learning how to think, method and synthesize.

The curriculum is built around 13 teaching units (UE) both theoretical and applied.

  • UE 1: Acquisition of knowledge (refresher course)   
  • UE 2: Self-knowledge and group knowledge   
  • EU 3: Urban Ecology   
  • EU 4: Urban agriculture   
  • EU 5: Urban Food Systems   
  • EU 6: Sustainable city and eco-innovation   
  • UE 7: Conception, planning and urban design   
  • UE 8: The sociology of urbanism   
  • EU 9: Regulation   
  • UE 10: Field Experimentation   
  • UE 11: Value Chain Analysis   
  • EU 12: Trend in innovation management   
  • EU 13: Cartography (GIS)

Admission

The program will benefit students from different academic backgrounds: agronomy, landscape architecture, architecture, urban planning, geography, biology

Admission requirements

Students having obtained a Master’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution
Exceptionally, students with a Bachelor’s degree may apply if their academic course or professional experience guarantees a successful completion of the Master

Application deadlines

  • 1st session : February 20
  • 2nd session : April 30
  • 3rd session : June 21

Starting Term : October 1, 2021

Professions and opportunities

  • Project leader in urban agriculture and plant innovations
  • Project Manager, Environmental Design Consultant
  • Design engineer, project manager in eco-innovation and rehabilitation of sustainable urban spaces
  • Responsible for sustainable development operations
  • Consultant in sustainable development
  • Project manager in local authorities, urban planning or environment department of a public planning institution

Documents

Contact

Céline JACQUEMOIRE
In charge of orientation and admission (Rouen campus)
+33 2 32 82 91 47